During CES 2014, Lenovo (opens in new tab) introduced the Horizon 2, the company's second-generation Table PC. Lenovo says this device is "dramatically" thinner (0.77-inches) and lighter (16.8 pounds) than the previous model, making it easier for owners to transport it around the house or office. This second generation model also provides "smarter" features like NFC, which can interact with other NFC-enabled devices.
According to the specs, this AIO/Tablet hybrid features a 27-inch touchscreen with 178-degree wide viewing angles and 10-point touch input. Customers have the option of choosing a screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, or a 2560 x 1440 resolution. Either way, this screen is backed by up to a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, the latest Nvidia graphics, and a battery that promises up to 4 hours.
The specs also reveal up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory and a choice of either a 500 GB hard drive or a 500 GB hybrid SSHD with an integrated 8 GB cache. Other features include integrated stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity (Wireless AC is an option too), three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI input, and an integrated digital array microphone.
In addition to those specs, this Windows 8.1 AIO desktop PC provides new motion control features that allow for easy navigation of photos, presentations, e-book pages and music tracks, and using Horizon 2's new face tracing feature. Lenovo boasts that users can upload photos from their camera or smartphone, and the Aura interface will try to recognize their faces in the photos.
For transferring files to the AIO PC, users can employ the new Horizon mobile app to shake their mobile Android device, allowing the content to "fall" onto Horizon 2's screen. If that's not ideal, users can place the mobile device on the screen, which signals to the Aura dial to open around it and "pull" out content onto Horizon 2's display.
The Horizon 2 Tablet PC will be available beginning in June with models starting at $1,499.